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Manitoba, Ontario polar bears doomed, says expert

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Polar bears may survive high up in the Arctic but Manitoba and Ontario”s bears are all but doomed, says the world”s best-known expert on the species. Wildlife biologist Ian Stirling, who”s been studying polar bears for 41 years, believes it is now too late to prevent the iconic Arctic species …

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Climate risk to polar bear habitats

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Climate change is set to drive a dramatic reduction in polar bear habitats in coming decades, conservationists have warned as they called for action to help the species. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), recent trends for the extent and thickness of the marine sea ice …

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BP guard shoots endangered polar bear in Alaska

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BP is back in the bad books of environmentalists, after a security guard on one of its Alaskan oil fields shot a polar bear and staff then monitored the animal while it took 11 days to die Authorities in Alaska have launched an official investigation, as polar bears are listed …

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More polar bear cubs drowning due to sea ice loss

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Biologists studying polar bears off the coast of Alaska have found that when cubs are forced to go on marathon swims with their mothers due to loss of sea ice, nearly half of them don”t survive the journey. The study, scheduled to be announced at the International Bear Association Conference …

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Judge backs scientists on polar bears

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A federal judge on Thursday backed a finding by government scientists that global warming is threatening the survival of the polar bear. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled that a May 2008 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to place the bear on the endangered species list as …

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Bears face shrinking future

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The surface area of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean shrank this northern winter to one of its lowest levels in decades – more bad news for polar bears, which depend on the ice to survive. Since the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre began tracking sea ice three …

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Russia lifts ban on polar bear hunting

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Russia has lifted the ban on polar bear hunting for the first time since the erstwhile Soviet Union banned the practice in 1957, a move which has drawn flak from wildlife campaigners, a media report said. The governor of Russia”s remote Chukotka region, Roman Kopin, signed a decree allowing the …

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New Obama Offshore Oil Plan Sacrifices Polar Bear Habitat

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today issued a revised offshore oil plan that will allow drilling in the heart of polar bear habitat in Alaska. Salazar’s announcement, which came in response to a previous court ruling, finalized a revised 2007-2012 nationwide offshore oil leasing plan. The previous plan, issued under the …

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Polar bears spotted swimming with cubs on back

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Polar bears have been spotted carrying their cubs on their backs while they swim through icy waters, according to researchers. It is thought the practice is new and the result of the bears having to swim longer distance in the sea because of reductions in the Arctic ice in the …

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